April 22, 2020
April is National Poetry Month, and we have a fun and creative poetry-related project that you can make at home (and it might even help you write your next poem!)
In this blog post, we'll walk readers through how they can make their own magnetic poetry set - with a twist. This magnetic poetry set is done in the style of a ransom note, made from cut out words from a variety of magazines or catalogs. Once completed, the set can be placed on any magnetic surface, such as a refrigerator, and you can then move the words around to create poems!
-Glossy magazines and catalogs (having a variety will work best)
-Scissors (use a smaller scissors, which will help when cutting out smaller words)
-Self-adhesive magnetic pages (or recycle an old thin magnetic promotional calendar or schedule)
1. Locate words within the magazines or catalogs that you want to use for your set and cut them out. For best results, use words of different sizes, colors, and fonts.
2. Peel off the adhesive backing from your magnetic page and affix your words on to the magnetic page. Don’t be upset if your words don’t line up perfectly or are sideway—cover your page to the best of your ability.
3. Cut the words from the magnetic page.
4. A minimum of 100 words is suggested, and the more, the better! For best results, try to have about 30 nouns (person, place, or thing); 30 verbs (action words, and "to be" verbs like "is," "was," and "were"); 15 adjectives (describing words), 15 adverbs (works that describe how, when, or where something happened, such as "slowly" or "dangerously"); 10 articles or conjunctions (words like "because," "and," "or," "the," etc.). You will also want to have a few prepositions, like "in," "on," "to," "from," etc. Exclamations like "Wow!" can also be fun to incorporate.
5. Arrange your finished set on a magnetic surface and begin to make poetry!
You can use your computer and print off pages of words with different fonts and use those too, if you don’t have easy magazine access. It’s also a nice way to supplement your magazine finds—trying to get a variety of verbs or prepositions can be tough.
Other things you can do with your set:
You can create custom labels for things around your house to help kids with environmental writing and reading.
Play a game where you take turns choosing from the words to make a sentence. The person with the longest sentence at the end wins. (PS—Your sentence doesn’t have to make sense…)
Choose a few words every morning to use as the basis for creative journaling.
Chose a word for the day. This could be a private for you only word or you can help your youngster learn to read that word (in which case using simple sight words are best. See this link: https://www.sightwordsgame.com/sight-words-list/) As an extension, once your child can read the word on sight, you can make a collection of words he or she can read. I used 3x5 note cards cut in half, with a hole in one corner, so all the words are together on one binder ring. Print the word on the card and add it to the collection and read through the words throughout the day. Ask them to read them to anyone.
image credit: MCPL